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How Myotherapy Works

Updated: Mar 9

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1. The Assessment:

This initial stage is crucial, as it lays the foundation for your personalized treatment plan. It typically involves:

  • Detailed History: Your myotherapist will listen attentively to your story, understanding your pain, injuries, and overall health picture.

  • Physical Examination: Through specific tests and observations, they assess muscle tone, joint mobility, posture, and potential trigger points.

  • Understanding the Source: Based on the information gathered, the myotherapist identifies the likely cause of your pain, whether it's a specific injury, repetitive strain, or postural imbalance.

2. The Treatment:

Once the source is identified, the myotherapist will employ his/her set of skills to address it. Some common approaches include:

  • Manual Therapy: This involves hands-on techniques like trigger point therapy, deep tissue massage, and myofascial release to target specific areas of tension and pain.

  • Dry Needling: Thin needles are inserted into trigger points to stimulate circulation, relax muscles, and reduce pain.

  • Stretching and Mobilization: Gentle stretches and joint mobilizations improve flexibility, range of motion, and reduce stiffness.

  • Therapeutic Taping: Kinesio tape can be applied to support muscles, improve proprioception (body awareness), and reduce pain.

3. The Management Plan:

Myotherapy doesn't stop at the treatment table. Your myotherapist will provide you with a self-manage plan:

  • Home Exercises: Tailored exercises to strengthen specific muscles, improve posture, and prevent future pain.

  • Lifestyle Modifications: Identifying and addressing activities or habits that might contribute to your pain, such as poor posture or repetitive movements.

  • Education and Support: Learning about your condition, understanding the treatment process, and feeling empowered to manage your pain independently.

Essentially, myotherapy works by:

  • Addressing the root cause of pain, not just the symptoms.

  • Improving circulation and blood flow to promote healing.

  • Releasing muscle tension and trigger points.

  • Restoring proper joint mobility and function.

  • Educating you to participate actively in your recovery.

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